The difference between a pool and a body of water.

Water bodies undoubtedly bring an element of harmony and tranquility to the landscape. And if you want to decorate your site with one of them, you should ask how the pool differs from a reservoir, meaning by the latter nothing more than a pond. Let's try to answer the question in detail.


Pool - structure (also a kind of reservoir), which serves for bathing in it and performs a decorative function.

Swimming pool

Garden pond is a closed body of water, which is a decoration of the landscape and the habitat of some plants and animals.



So, both objects play a decorative role on the site. However, the difference between the pool and the reservoir, which is a pond, lies in the fact that it is the pool that is traditionally built for swimming. It contains nothing but water and is a place of active recreation for the owners of the territory and their guests.


At the same time, there are exclusively decorative pools that serve only to obtain aesthetic pleasure when contemplating such structures. A pool of this type can be complemented, for example, with statues or a fountain, as well as have lighting or special decorative lining.

The pond is never intended for swimming. Firstly, it may not be deep enough for this, and secondly, the water procedures among the plants and various living creatures entangling the body can hardly be called pleasant. However, in addition to decorating the site, the pond is often of practical importance. For example, a body of water is often used as a source of water for irrigation or as a breeding ground for fish.

Optional accessories

The above described what details can be used when arranging a decorative pool. If the structure is intended for swimming, then it is often supplied with a ladder for climbing, a springboard or a removable awning. All these elements are not typical for a pond.

Water heating

Another distinguishing feature is the use of artificial water heating for the pool. For these purposes, traditional electrical devices are mainly used. Recently, however, solar heating, carried out with the help of special tubular collectors, has become more and more widespread. If we talk about the pond, then there is no need for artificial heating.


Consider the difference between a basin and a body of water in relation to their size. It is worth noting here that the swimming pool must have sufficiently impressive parameters that allow this object to fulfill its main function. The same goes for decorative pools. In general, the word "pool" means something voluminous (we are talking about built on the site, and not about an inflatable one for the smallest children).

At the same time, the pond can be very large, medium-sized, and very small. They manage to build the last option using an old trough or bath. Of course, this cannot be called a full-fledged pond (and even more so a pool), but such a water element can decorate a compact area.


Pool Reservoir (pond)
Used for bathing or for decorative purposesIn addition to performing a decorative role, it can be of practical importance (watering, raising fish, poultry)
Not contains nothing but waterMost often it is the habitat of representatives of flora and fauna
Can be supplemented by stairs, springboard and otherNo elements characteristic of the pool
Water heatingNo artificial heating
Generally large enoughCan be of different sizes